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Perdue's Approval Still Rock Bottom

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's low approval ratings continue with the latest survey from Public Policy Polling, which finds twice as many people disapproving of the job she's doing. PPP reports that 27% approve and 52% disapprove, which is actually an improvement from last month when she had a 25%/55% approval rating.

Perdue, who served two terms as lieutenant governor, defeated Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) in 2008 by more than 3 points and won a higher percentage than Barack Obama, who narrowly defeated John McCain. However, Perdue came to office amid a recession that has hit North Carolina especially hard. After a six month legislative session, Perdue quietly signed on Friday a budget plan that adds $1 billion in new taxes and cuts $2 billion worth of previously state-funded programs.

In the PPP poll, which surveyed 749 registered voters from August 4-10 with a margin of error of +/- 3.6%, 57% said the Legislature provided stronger leadership on the budget, while 43% said Perdue did. "Given the near universal unpopularity of legislative bodies in both Washington and state capitals across the country, that's quite an unusual funding," the PPP press release stated.